Third time was not the charm for Florida. The Gators fell to Vanderbilt for the third time this season, fifth time in the last two years, losing to the Commodores 72-62 in overtime and knocking Florida out of the SEC Tournament.
The Gators had to fight from behind throughout most of the game, however, were able to put together two comebacks in the second half. With 1:37 to go, Mike White's men were able to tie the game at 57 after a 10-0 run which were aided by a Devin Robinson and a Kevaughn Allen triple. After neither team were able to record a bucket, Robinson was able to draw the foul with 38.4 seconds left to the game, but went 1-of-2, which only secured a one point lead.
Vandy answered quickly with Jeff Roberson drawing a foul on the other end after fighting for an offensive rebound. He also went 1-of-2 from the charity stripes, tying the game a 58 with 9.7 seconds to go.
In overtime, however, the Commodores took control. Vandy jumped out to an early 63-58 lead and never looked back. After Vanderbilt converted a few free throws, Riley LeChance's triple stretched the lead to 68-59 and White's team could not overcome the gap.
Allen kept Florida in the game with 16 points and four triples, but the Gators struggled most of the night, shooting just 34.4% from the floor, 26.1% from three-point land.
This is Florida's third loss in the last four games and UF will now await their fate in the NCAA Tournament. A win on Friday night would have almost guaranteed a top four seed and a spot in Orlando in the first round, however, now things are up in the air.
FightinGators.com will have more from Nashville coming up.